The Essential Clive Barker
With a special introduction by Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City, this is a unique selection of the author’s best short stories and extracts from his novels, chosen by Clive and accompanied by a personal commentary which reveals the man behind the art.
Huge in scope, this unique collection examines the work of a man who has taken us further than any other writer of modern fiction: from the fantastic lands of The Fugue (Weaveworld) and the Dominions (Imajica) to the uncharted waters of the dream sea, Quiddity (The Great and Secret Show and Everville). His peerless imagination has only been matched by both his storytelling – from the groundbreaking series of short stories, the Books of Blood, which served as a wake-up call to a floundering horror industry, to the grand metaphysical vision of Galilee – and his ability to create memorable characters such as Will Rabjohns (Sacrament), Shadwell the salesman (Weaveworld) and Judith (Imajica).
A unique project by a unique author, The Essential Clive Barker will appeal both to long-time fans of his work, and anyone with an interest in great fiction.
The Essential Clive Barker represents the kind of accolade few horror writers are granted and this selection of pieces has all the imaginative scope and fiery invention of his very best work. The settings move from the Yorkshire Moors to a grim inner-city London, while the bizarre magical tribes created by Barker (such as the Seerkind and Nightbreed) may be found alongside working-class heroines and refugees from post-war Warsaw. Some of the tales have only minimal supernatural elements, while others take their protagonists into realms of existence far beyond our own. This is an ambitious summation of Barker's career, a veritable treasure chest which has over 70 excerpts from novels, plays and novellas selected, and with fascinating introductions, by Barker himself. In 20 years, his literary achievement is more considerable than that of Stephen King, and his place in modern writing (not just the horror and fantasy genres) is assured. Few are as adroit at Barker at plunging the reader into a surrealistic dreamworld:
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